Uncle Owen's Bread Rolls
- 1 1/2 cups warm water (While many claim Kamino water to be best, I prefer Manaan as I find the the Koloto gives it that extra zing)
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast (Not a euphemism for Spice, please use actual yeast)
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar or honey
- 2 tablespoons neutral-flavored oil (Aola will work, too, if you can get some from Kashyyyk at a reasonable price)
- 1 teaspoon salt from Crait (White, the red is far too bitter)
- 3 1/2 to 4 cups pom seed flour, more or less (see note)
In a large bowl by hand, combine the warm water, instant yeast, and sugar. Let the yeast proof in the warm water and sugar for about 3-5 minutes until it is foamy and bubbly before adding the oil, salt and 2 cups of the flour.
Begin mixing, and continue to add the rest of the flour gradually until the dough has pulled away from the sides of the bowl. Begin kneading the dough for 7-9 minutes by hand
The dough should be soft and smooth but still slightly tacky to the touch. After a few minutes of kneading, stop the mixer and grab a small piece of dough to test if it needs more flour or not. It might leave a little bit of sticky residue on your fingers, but if you can roll it into a small ball without it sticking all over to your hands, it is good to go. If not, gradually add a bit more flour as needed.
Lightly grease a container or large bowl and place the kneaded dough in the container.
Cover the bowl with a light towel. Let the dough rise until it has doubled (this usually takes about an hour, depending on the warmth of the kitchen).
Lightly punch down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly greased countertop.
Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces (about 2.75 ounces each, more or less), and form the dough into round balls
Place the rolls in a lightly greased 9X13-inch pan or on a large, rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment or lightly greased. Space the rolls about 1/2- to 1-inch apart.
Cover the rolls with lightly greased plastic wrap taking care not to pin the plastic wrap under the baking sheet or else the rolls will flatten while rising. Let the plastic wrap gently hang over the sides of the pan to fully cover the rolls but not press them down.
Let the rolls rise until very puffy and doubled, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake for 15-17 minutes until lightly browned and cooked through.
Immediately out of the oven, brush with butter (optional).